The Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday in favor of a widow's attempt to keep her husband's medical records private during a malpractice lawsuit, the Associated Press reports. The doctor being sued for malpractice (by the widow) argued the man's right to privacy expired after he died. The doctor's attorneys sought to interview the man's prior health care providers in private while they investigated the claim. The court determined keeping the interviews secret would not ensure medical records unrelated to the claim would be kept private. The court ruled the "cherished" right to privacy extended beyond the case. "Such a holding would render those rights hollow, chilling the daily operation of them on people as they navigate their lives from moment to moment," Justice Fred Lewis wrote in his opinion.
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